‘What is happening?’ Hot mic catches Fox News anchor’s dismay at Trump election fraud claims

Sandra Smith is a regular foil to the Trump administration’s spokespeople 

Justin Vallejo
New York
Monday 09 November 2020 18:40 GMT
Hot mic catches Fox News anchor's incredulity at election fraud claims
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Fox News anchor Sandra Smith was purportedly seen off-camera with a shocked reaction to the Trump administration’s claims of election fraud being repeated following the announcement of Joe Biden as president-elect.

In a clip being circulated online, the host of America's Newsroom and regular foil of White House spokespeople was heard asking "what is happening" as a guest repeated Donald Trump's allegations of election fraud.

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"Remember, just because CNN says, or even Fox News says that somebody's president doesn't make them president," said a guest being interviewed by Fox News’ Trace Gallagher.

Ms Smith furrows her brow, shakes her head and says: "What, what is happening? Trace we've called it".

Mr Gallagher didn't respond to the question, and the guest continued: "So I think everybody wants to know this was done properly and legally and we can trust the results and I think that we have to look at every one of these concerns."

 Mr Trump is reportedly planning a campaign-rally style tour to for battleground states where he will be filing lawsuits and contesting the counts that propelled Mr Biden to the presidency.

The video was first circulated on Twitter by political consultant, and former Daily Beast director of video, Timothy Burke.

Fox News did not immediately respond to The Independent's request for comment on the video’s authenticity. But Ms Smith has back catalogue of viral clips antagonising spokespeople for the Trump administration, including Kayleigh McEnany, Kellyanne Conway, Hogan Gidley, and Kevin Hassett.





Ms Smith’s interview style cuts both ways. On the Monday before the election,  she got in a skirmish with former White House director of communications, Anthony Scaramucci as the two talked over each other on the former Trump operative supporting Mr Biden’s economic policies.

“You’re not letting me talk,” Mr Scaramucci said. “You brought me on here to be a crash dummy.”

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